What would you like to know about the Qur’an and its relationship to the Bible?
Written in beautifully poetic and rhythmic language, the Qur’an comprises 114 suras (“chapters”). To Christians, its structure can at first seem unusual, and indeed, the Qur’an differs from our scriptures in fundamental ways. As you study the Qur’an, you will gain a deep appreciation for its striking differences from the Bible and the importance of this religious text revered by 1.7 billion Muslims around the world.
In this superb course, you will receive a general introduction to the Qur’an, paying particular attention to its relationship with the Bible. Prof. Gabriel Reynolds, a Catholic scholar of Islamic studies at Notre Dame, guides you through the beautiful language, fascinating history, and varied interpretations of the Qur’an. By embarking on this exploration, you will more deeply understand Islam and its conversation with Christianity.
The first part introduces you to the life of Muhammad, the literary qualities of the Qur’an, and its historical context. After looking closely at the themes of the Qur’an, you will explore its portrayals of Jesus and other biblical figures, as well as how Christianity has interacted with it throughout history. Then, you will look at academic controversies and traditional Islamic teachings on the Qurʾan. Finally, you will examine how Muslims approach the Qur’an in the modern world.
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Gabriel S. Reynolds is Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame, where he researches the Qur'an and Muslim-Christian relations. A Catholic, he received his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Yale University, where his dissertation, A Muslim Theologian in the Sectarian Milieu (published by Brill in 2004), won the Field Prize. He is the author of The Qur'an and Its Biblical Subtext (Routledge, 2010) and of The Emergence of Islam (Fortress, 2012), the translator of 'Abd al-Jabbar’s Critique of Christian Origins (BYU, 2008), and the editor of The Qur'an in Its Historical Context (Routledge, 2008) and New Perspectives on the Qur'an: The Qur'an in Its Historical Context 2 (Routledge, 2011).
Prof. Reynolds is currently Chair of the Executive Board of the International Qur'anic Studies Association. At Notre Dame, he teaches courses on theology, Muslim/Christian Relations, and Islamic Origins. Prof. Reynolds has been a visiting professor at the Université de Saint Joseph in Lebanon and at the&n...
- Introduction to the Life of the Prophet Muhammad and the Qur’an
- The Structure of the Qur’an
- The Historical Development of the Qur’anic Text
- The Punishment Stories
- The Afterlife and The Blessings of Nature
- Angels, Demons, and the Cosmos
- The God of the Qur’an
- Adam in the Qur’an
- Abraham and Moses in the Qur’an
- Jesus in the Qur’an
- The Qur’an on the Bible
- A Christian Interpretation of the Qur’an?
- The Uncertainty of the Muslim Exegetes
- Reconsidering the Qur’an and the Life of the Prophet
- The Qur’an’s Self-Understanding
- The Development of Exegesis in Islamic Tradition
- The Qur’an and Islamic Law
- The Qur’an and Islamic Mysticism
- The Qur’an and Society
- The Qur’an, Marriage, and Sex
- The Qur’an, Violence, and Peace